Research Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Washington DC Job at Population Services International, Washington DC

  • Population Services International
  • Washington DC

Job Description

Advisor II, Research
Based in one of PSI’s approved US states or in a country of project operation (Kenya, Uganda, or Nigeria)

15-35% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible
Reports to Senior Research Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Evidence and Learning

Who we are
PSI is a network of locally rooted, globally connected organizations working to achieve consumer-powered healthcare — people-centered health systems that ensure quality, affordable care wherever and whenever it is needed. Our origins in sexual and reproductive health have grown into a broader mission. Today, we work with the public and private sectors as well as local communities, prioritizing people’s voice and choice and developing solutions to meet their essential health needs. Over the past five decades, we have helped push boundaries, break taboos, set trends, and develop innovative solutions to complex global health challenges.

Join us!
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) self-care – a ecosystem of health behaviors and products that allow people to self-identify, -treat, and -manage their own health conditions and needs – has been increasingly recognized as a key strategy for expanding access to primary health care and improving people’s SRH wellbeing. PSI supports a wide array of SRH and rights programs globally, including programs that aim to develop and test innovative delivery models and other interventions to improve access to SRH self-care. Among these programs is the Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC) program. Driven by deep consumer insights, DISC aims to support women to become active participants in their health systems through the expansion of awareness of and access to sexual and reproductive health self-care products and behaviors such as self-injectable contraception. DISC currently works with a consortium of implementing partners in Uganda, Nigeria, and Malawi, with plans for expansion to additional countries. In addition to implementing multi-faceted interventions to support the enabling environment, self-efficacy, and service readiness for SRH self-care, the DISC program includes a robust monitoring, evaluation, and research agenda. DISC’s evidence and learning agenda aims to strengthen the evidence base for effective, high-quality delivery of SRH self-care by generating consumer insights, evaluating novel self-care delivery models, and identifying best practices for scaled implementation of self-care programs and policies.

PSI seeks an Advisor II, Research to support sexual and reproductive health research across PSI’s broader SRH department, with a specific focus on conducting self-care research through the DISC program. The Advisor II, Research is a key position within PSI’s SRH research team, working collaboratively with other SRH research and monitoring and evaluation staff to design and implement a variety of research activities, including consumer insights gathering, evaluative research, and implementation science using qualitative and quantitative methods. The Advisor II, Research will be responsible for ensuring technical quality and ethical compliance across a portfolio of studies in multiple countries and across multiple projects within the SRH Department; will serve as a research focal point; and will support teams in the use and dissemination of research findings.

Salary Range:
$86,000 (MINIMUM) - $108,000 (MID-POINT) - $130,000 (MAXIMUM)
For US-based candidates, the annual base salary range is reflected above.* We value transparency and have provided the full salary range for this role. Actual base salary compensation will be determined by factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, experience, internal equity, external market analysis, and other business factors permitted by law. Hiring above the mid-point of the range would not be typical in order to allow for potential future salary growth. PSI offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes health care, retirement plan, generous leave, as well as other great benefits. For more information, please ask your recruiter or visit to learn more!

*For all applicants applying outside of the US; please note that those hired outside of the US will be employed through the local PSI office. Pay and benefits will be commensurate with the role and practices of the local office, including payment in local currency.


Your contributions

Research: Lead the design and provide technical review to qualitative and quantitative research studies using a variety of fit-for-purpose designs, ensuring quality and compliance. Conduct data analysis and provide evidence inputs for logframes and monitoring and evaluation reporting. Produce concise, well written outputs (reports, insights decks, etc.) describing research findings for technical and general audiences. Support implementation of company-wide initiatives, and monitoring function in the development of logframes, data-to-action frameworks, data systems, data protection/quality and analysis of monitoring data. 60% of Time Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management: Identify and foster opportunities for internal learning, capacity building, and P2P exchanges and cross-country and project learning. 10% of Time Program Management: Support the development of annual research plans and learning agendas. Support activity budgeting, monitoring of project timelines, reporting, and communicating with clients as appropriate. 15% of Time Representation: Represent the research function for the department or portfolio of projects internally and externally. May participate in technical work groups externally and present research results to donors. 10% of Time Fundraising: Engage with fundraising teams to support development of the Monitoring, Evidence and Learning (MEL) plans, Theory of Change (TOC), logframes. 5% of Time

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.


What are we looking for?

Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field. Doctorate Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field preferred. At least 5 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted. Experience leading the design, collection, cleaning, analysis, and presentation of quantitative and qualitative research. Significant experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis programs required. Experience submitting research protocols to Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Experience implementing quality assurance protocols during research implementation. Ability to provide research technical assistance to the PSI network with minimal technical oversight. Ability to produce technical products and tools with limited oversight and direction. Ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal colleagues. Able to work as a member of a team and independently. Ability to contribute to technical approach for proposals. Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate with colleagues. Proficiency in Microsoft 365. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data analysis programs required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written English skills. Cultural humility and respect.

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: or call (202)785-0072. #li-remote #li-aw1

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